In January, 1921, I was suffering very much physically,...

In January, 1921, I was suffering very much physically, and one day, when in a very discouraged state of thought, I decided to leave my work and endeavor to regain my health. For several weeks I was in a hospital for observation, and while nothing definite was determined, the condition was diagnosed as heart trouble, stomach disorder, and nervous exhaustion. The hope that was meted out to me upon entering the hospital soon vanished and I was sent home for quiet and rest, as the most helpful treatment. For a period of nine months I was confined to my bed, only occasionally eating meals in a sitting position. The more I endeavored to rest, the less rest I seemed to experience and the more complicated conditions became.

During this time a friend visited me frequently; he was always calm and hopeful and I was much encouraged by his visits. On one such occasion I mentioned to him that I had received a letter that morning from another friend, who suggested that I seek help in Christian Science. To my surprise he told me something of the healing efficacy of Christian Science, and related several cases of healing. In this conversation he quoted this statement of Mrs. Eddy's from Science and Health (p. 494): "Divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need." That evening, when I was groping for some thought to help me go to sleep, this statement from Science and Health came to me, and I promptly went to sleep and slept peacefully all night.

This experience was so joyous to me that I asked for help from a Christian Science practitioner. The improvement in health and activity was gradual. In two months I made a visit to friends who live in an eastern state. It was a distance of some eleven hundred miles by train and fifty miles by auto. There was no weariness or inharmony of any kind on the trip. This proof of God's healing presence was a wonderful revelation and encouragement to me, as before and during my confinement a terrible fear had engulfed me. Gratitude for the healing of this fear and the body inharmonies cannot be expressed in words. Rather is it expressed by the hope that is in all who have had similar experiences.

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A Child's Thought of Heaven
January 5, 1935

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